1.5 L-CERPs + 1.5 CEUs

Charting a Course to Success

Rebecca Costello, MPH, IBCLC
Course description
In this course, we’ll start with the whys of charting: what are the benefits for our patients, ourselves, the health system, and our care? Once you understand why we chart, you’ll discover the understanding of what and how we chart flows naturally. You’ll see how charting can improve your care for patients and help you arrive at the best assessment of how to help a family. With that goal in mind, we’ll go over which parts of a chart are essential, which you can include only if they’re useful to you, and how your chart may evolve as your clinical expertise grows. You’ll also learn how to use your charts to communicate effectively with colleagues - and how to read charts from other providers (including that confusing medical shorthand!).
Bonus! Includes a recording of a live discussion of charting from March 2021.
Meet the Instructor

Rebecca Costello, MPH, IBCLC

Rebecca began her lactation journey with her undergraduate senior thesis, evaluating a WIC breastfeeding education program.

After working as a doula and childbirth educator, she decided to pursue a Master’s in Public Health, in Maternal and Child Health, from the University of North Carolina. There, she was also in the first class of the Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative, a Pathway 2 IBCLC training program.

Following graduation, Rebecca worked full time as an IBCLC in a large academic hospital. She then became the Director of Lactation Services at a busy freestanding birth center, expanding the lactation services there to 30+ appointments/week. After making the move to a new state, she set up a private practice and continues to work with new families.

Having encountering obstacles to becoming, and working as, an IBCLC, she loves offering education that allows other LCs to establish their practices.
Patrick Jones - Course author

Learners say 

Even as an RN who already does a lot of charting, this course helped me feel better equipped to chart as an IBCLC. Charting feels simpler and more doable with Rebecca's tips and information.

Alexandra Loniello, RN, IBCLC

This was the best statistical and research course I've ever been through. It was so manageable and understandable. The slides were fantastic as well. Thank you for the ease of your explanations for a difficult topic!

Rita Bixby, BSN RN IBCLCNormal text.

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Knowledge Gap
This presentation will address the learner's understanding of the fundamentals of health care provider charting, including key elements of medical documentation.


Explain the relationship between charting and the process of differential diagnosis.


Compare 3 different standardized charting formats and explain the basics of each.


Identify 5 reasons accurate, thorough charting is important.
IBLCE Content Outline
VII. B. 3 Care plan development and sharing
VII. B. 4 Documentation

Course Lessons

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